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Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
I have been crafting since May 2008, when in desperation to find an unusual birthday card for my Mum, I gave up looking in the shops and decided to have a go at making my own. I soon realised that crafting is addictive and I haven't brought a card since. In 2011 I completed my certificate in papercrafting as a result of the work I did as part of the course I started entering challenges on line and in magazines. I applied for design teams and also started making samples for Ooh La La Creations for their shows on Create and Craft. I have now completed my Diploma in professional crafting and most recently been runner up in the Papercrafter of the Year 2013 a competition run by Papercraft essentials magazine, I don't have a particular style I like to use elements from lots of styles and techniques, although I do love all things vintage. In 2014 I started to move more towards scrapbooking to take care of the huge family archive of photographs that were stored in my attic. I have continued cardmaking and Scrapbooking through 2015 and 2016 but have also become interested in off the page projects. I hope to be able focus on these in the future.

Monday 7 October 2013

Thirteen down Eleven to go

This week at Through The Purple Haze Challenges there are two challenges the first is to use Indigo Blu stamps to make something and the second is an Anything goes Challenge. This is my entry for the Indigo Blu Challenge.

I made this hanging heart using 'Blazing Poppies' from the Rubber Stamp range, Flitter Glue and Morris Dance Mega gilding flakes.

I saw a demo using the gilding flakes on Create and Craft and fancied having a go so treated myself to a starter kit and bought the stamp because I love poppies. 

The project started life like this 

I drew a heart onto paper and then used this as a template to cut out 4 hearts from an old cornflakes packet, I glued then together using a strong adhesive and then added an extra layer cut from Kraft card to the back of the heart. Once all the layers were dry I painted them with several coats of cream acrylic paint which were allowed to dry and were sanded between coats to get a really smooth finish.

Then the real fun started, I followed the instructions for making my glue pad from the kit and stamped the image of the poppies onto the heart and then covered it with the gilding flakes. I also added a little sentiment that I have had in my stash for so long that I can't actually remember where it came from, but I love the thought behind it.

Once I had stamped and gilded the image on the heart I then 'inked' it up again using the glue pad but just inking the areas of the flowers and stamped those onto cream Centura Pearl card stock and gilded them, and cut them out and decoupaged them over the original flowers on the design on the heart. I used the glue pad to daub around the edges of the heart and add gilding. I also used glossy accents in the centre of each flower and used clear glass micro beads to create textured centres. These allow the colour of the gilding flakes to show through.

I pinned the ribbon around the edges of the heart using pearl headed pins and added a hanging loop and ribbon tails to complete.

I am quite pleased to my first foray into gilding using flitter glue and yes it is delightfully messy, and you have to be careful not to cough  or sneeze when working with them but the results are simply stunning and I have now picked up a few more colours from my local craft shop and will be experimenting with them more in the future.

I am entering this project into the following challenges
http://throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk - Indigo Blu


  1. Really fabulous project, who would of known a corn flake box could end up so beautiful, well done
    Nicola DT

  2. wow that is lovely......beautiful and no1......thanks for joining us at TTPH

    fiona dT

  3. Gorgeous heart, Alli! That gives me a great idea for using my poppy stamp! Thanks for joining us again at Through the Purple Haze Challenges!
    Darcy DT

  4. Wow this has worked out really well! love the gilding and the poppies....beautiful! thank you so much for joining in this week with the Indigo Blu challenge at Through the Purple Haze Challenges..Anita DT

  5. Beautiful Alli. I've always got my head in the blue wheelie bin (the one for paper) looking for bits of packaging!! God know what the neighbours think when they just see 2 legs sticking out if the bin!! Thinks it's one of my fav places at the mo.
    And the gilding flakes are gorg!
    Another fab entry!
    Lisa DT TTPH